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Harriers season kicks off in style

- 9th May 2002

Stockport Harriers' season started in great style by winning both matches in the Northern League at the Woodbank Stadium.

Men's team manager Adrian Ord set the tone for the rest of the day breaking the club's veterans' record and winning the A hammer event.

Ord went on to break three other records in the javelin, discus and shot as well as taking first place in the B pole vault and second in the B triple jump.

International Steve Vernon won the 1,500m and was second in the 800m.

The first double of the day came in the 5,000m where Steve Haylock and Joe Chambers showed a clean pair of heels. Mark Beese and Chris Hesketh won the A and B high jumps.

Beese had a great day, with third places in the 400m hurdles and 110m hurdles, and fourth in the long jump.

He was supported by Clifford Lowe with second places in the B long jump, pole vault and hammer and first place in the B discus.

Scott Cain won the 200m after the disappointment of being judged second in the 100m. Graham Marsland ran two great races to finish second in both the 100m and 200m.

Simon Rees and Ian Rogers ran good races, Rees coming fourth in the A 400m and Rogers winning the B race.

Andy Oldham finished second in the B 1,500m and ran a great leg in the 4x400m relay which was anchored home with a brilliant run by Simon Rees. Thanks to Peter Torrance, who came in at the last minute and scored valuable points in the shot, Stockport secured a 50-point win over the field.

Not to be outdone, the B ream also won their match. Martin Clarke and Don Bremner started the ball rolling with wins in the A and B hammer while Adrian Nutter and Paul Fitzpatrick scored another double in the 3000m steeplechase.

Nutter went on to score more points by winning the A pole vault and 400m hurdles.

Fitzpatrick also ran well over 800m to finish second and was backed up by Paul Shannon, who finished second in both the 800m and 1500m.

Martin Blackman made a return to form, running a great race in the 400m to be pipped on the line.

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